CNN's Washington D.C. Bureau Senior Producer William Mears and Correspondent Kate Bolduan interview Susan Chana Lask today about her prison strip search case. The U.S. Supreme Court granted certioriari on April 5, 201. Argument is October 12, 2011. The issue before the United States Supreme Court is whether the Fourth Amendment permits a jail to conduct a suspicionless strip search whenever an individual is arrested, including for minor offenses.
New York Attorney Susan Chana Lask - Civil Rights
Fox News Interview on Her Prison Strip Search Class Action
If you’re suspected of a crime, the police can come to your house or work or find you on the street to talk to you. Usually it will be a detective in plain clothes in an unmarked car who will want to talk to you. You might find a card from the detective under your door, or a message on your phone from him asking you to call.
Fliers could face complications following viral United video
Susan Chana Lask as KHOU-11's Civil Rights Legal Expert
HOUSTON - Fliers traveling through Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport on Wednesday asked more questions surrounding the viral videos captured on board a United Airlines plane Sunday.
"I mean, don't they have private jets if they really want to get to work?” said United passenger Claudia Squires. “Why make other people suffer for that?"
KHOU 11 News was the first to report Monday the Kentucky-bound United Airlines flight where passenger David Dao was forcibly removed was not overbooked.
"This is very bad,” said civil rights attorney Susan Chana Lask. “Not only did United Airlines violate or breach a contract with this passenger -- it was bad enough they did that -- but they called airport security to forcibly remove him. Once airport security laid their hands on him the way they did, I see it as criminal."
Federal rules and the United passenger agreement guidelines regulate what happens if passengers are bumped from overbooked flights in “Rule 25” of the airline’s passenger agreement. However, the it does not address situations such as this one.
"They've been saying it's Rule 25, but that's completely untrue,” Lask said.
Attorneys representing Dao filed an emergency motion Wednesday to protect potential evidence. Lask said Dao has a strong case against both United as well as Chicago’s airport police.
"Millions, easily. It was very punitive what United Airlines did, and even after the fact when United Airlines CEO tried to disclaim any responsibility in using the wrong rule to deceive the public and make this man look terrible,” Lask said. “I think punitively, millions."
"Everybody has to follow the rules -- that includes employees as well,” Squires said.
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On April 15, 2010 Susan Chana Lask Argues in Third Circuit, Supported by 5 Attorneys' General, for Fourth Amendment Protection Against Strip Searches
For the first time in any prison strip search case, 5 former Attorneys General filed a an Amici Brief supporting my Class Action case entitled Florence v. County of Burlington, et al. in the Third Circuit, Case Nos. 09-3603 and 09-3661. On April 15, 2010, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case in Philadelphia.
Supreme Court is asked about jails’ blanket strip-search policies. Robert Barnes of the WASHINGTON POST interviews Albert Florence and his lawyer Susan Chana Lask. The Supreme Court next month will hear his case about whether jail officials violated Florence’s constitutional rights by strip-searching him after he was detained on a minor offense.